Mickey is a Portrait Photographer and retired Navy Chief Photographer (PHC) who lives in San Diego after 24 years of active service. He is currently traveling, shooting and occasionally teaching for ACME Educational, Maine Media Workshops, West Palm Beach Photo Centre, and the Madeline Island School of the arts.
Mickeys' work in environmental or studio portraits brings a unique look to his portraits sessions. Mickeys Big projects include his World War 2 Veterans Portrait Project. On Veterans Day 2019 he hung 89 prints in the Museum at the Photo Centre of Palm Beach Fl celebrating Veterans day 2019 in Palm Beach with the opening of the show. A few days after the open house Google came in and ran a 360 gallery view of the museum with the show featured. Mickey is currently working on a book for the project.
Mickey is continuing with his Beyond the cut Portrait project. For the last 5 years, he has captured Bikers in the studio and on location giving a genuine look to the personalities and human being behind the big bad biker image portrayed by the general media and LEO community. He has had 3 print shows at Nelsons Photo in San Diego Ca. where he has been featured as the Photographer of the month.
Mickey also continues to be the Area Director for the Help-Portrait San Diego. This project brings portraits to folks who usually can't afford to come into the studio. He and over a dozen photographers and helpers offer portraits to the community at Veterans Village of San Diego, a substance abuse treatment center getting Veterans off the streets and on to a healthier life.
Mickey Strand Photography in the News. The SD Voyager Online did a feature article about some of his work. Read about the WW2 Veterans project in the magazine.
His photography career started early in the basement darkroom of his parents' home in Racine WI where his father instilled in him the love of the craft at a young age. In high school, he began his photography education through classes, yearbook, and the school newspaper staff.
Mickey served as a Naval Photographer on the USS Ranger, the USS Long Beach, and NAS Miramar, until being selected to teach the Digital Multimedia Course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) in Maryland where he co-wrote the Advanced course, which continues today educating our Nations DOD photographers. He retired from active service as the Leading Chief of Navy Combat Camera Group Pacific.